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African Immigrant Families in the United States: Transnational Lives and Schooling gI never read any David Gemmell until I was already published And even then he first came to my attention after someone e mailed me saying something along the lines of I mlad someone like you is here to carry on Gemmell s tradition now that he s dead After I The House of Saulx-Tavanes: Versailles and Burgundy, 1700-1830 got a few e mails along a similar line I went out and bought Legend read it and was terribly flattered by the comparison Since then I ve actually won the Gemmell award Which is flattering in its own right Plus awesome because the award is an actual AXE Here s a link to the blog I wrote about it with pictures I just re read this and I enjoyed it every bit as much the second time around It s much action oriented than my books So yeah Highly recommended Especially if you like stories about what it means to be a hero A Legend Book Legend The Drenai Saga 1 David GemmellLegend published in 1984 is the first and most famous novel of British fantasy writer David Gemmell It established him as a major fantasy novelist and created the character of Druss who would appear in several subseuent books It was also the first novel in The Drenai saga The Drenai Empire is under threat The tribal Nadir people have been united for the first time by thereat warleader Ulric who has forged a massive e There is something unambiguously alluring about last stands those situations in which a body of troops holds a defensive position in the face of overwhelming odds and against all hope for victory We all know the battle of Thermopile 480 BC when a Greek force of approximately 7000 men for seven days including three of battle held off the Persian army alleged by the ancient sources to have numbered over one million Less known but not less impressive is the Battle of Hod w between the Kingdom of Poland and the Crimean Khanate forces fought in June 1694 with four hundred hussars fighting and winning against forty thousand Tatars Now the Poles are crazy altogether as they have their own list of last stands featuring things like the Battle of Wizna in 1939 when between 350 and 720 Poles defended a fortified line for three days against than 40000 Germans Battles like these easily become legendsDavid Gemmel The Bodhisattva's Brain : Buddhism Naturalized gives us the legend of Dross Delnoch a strong keep with six walls defended by ten thousands men of whom most are untrained volunteers about to withstand an attack of thereatest army ever assembled a horde that within twenty years had built an empire stretching across a dozen lands and five score cities And now as they march on Dross the Dark Tapestry (Colin and Leora Mysteries) greatest fortress ever built is waiting for the largest army in the world What a clash ofiants The ingredients for a new legendOnly things are not oing reat in the fortress There are six walls and a town to defend while the force is less than a third of the full complement and the discipline is rotten because morale is low and fear is rife The defenders need a miracle or the Dross will fall And Dross Delnoch needs heroes Badly Think of the men here as a rusty weapon which needs a warrior s firm hand It needs to be sharpened honed prepared It s useless else Contrar An awesome BR with Lovely Pinky and my fellow Catman two faithful Cat holics Get rid of your doubts Yesterday is dead Past mistakes are like smoke in the breeze What counts is tomorrow I love epic fantasy 3 Fantasy books rarely let me down and The Legend sure didn t Opening such a book I look for a promise from the author I want to dive into the rich picturesue world intriguing narrative and of course ripping characters with true to life personalities and of course with names I have difficulties to pronounce D That s what I seek for in my fantasy reads Did I et this in this book Not uite but I can say for sure that it s an outstanding readCharacters As is typical in many fantasy series there is a big cast of characters I liked them all starting with Druss a true hero a legend brave strong old and tired but determined to die with his axe Snaga in his hand view spoilerVirae hide spoiler The Nadir army heads for Dros Delnoch a keep uarding a mountain pass Druss the Legend comes out of retirement for one last battle But even with Rek the baresark and the earl of Delnoch s daughter help Druss and eleven thousand men stand up against an advancing army many times their sizeI ll be honest with you My brother pushed This On Me Almost A Year Ago And I Wasn on me almost a year ago and I wasn in a hurry to read it I ve read a few David Gemmell books before and it takes a special book to et me to read Tolkien esue fantasy I ve never found Gemmell s writing to be particularly Okinawa: The Last Battle of World War II goodWhile I don t find Gemmell s writing to beood he sure knows WHAT to write The story of Druss whipping the men into shape and the comradery that developes among the men is very moving In fact I choked back a couple man tears near the end Druss s commentary on what it means to be a man is inspiringDruss is like a combination of Conan the Barbarian and Clint Eastwood s character from Gran Turino You know and he knows that
His Last Hurrah Has Come last hurrah has come knows his value as a Legend to the other soldiers at Dros Delnoch far outweighs his substantial prowess as a warriorThe other characters are well done as well Ulric leader of the Nadir is a multi dimensional character It would have been easy to have him be a malevolent tyrant but he s acutally fairly likeable Rek Orrin and the others also The GI Bride grow into their roles as the story progressesI have a lot to say but I don t want toive anything away To sum up this is the ultimate fantasy book for men and the women who appriciate them Go out and et it The uality of a book is enerally judged by the words in it in addition to the story It s not just what you say how you say it also matters If not a complete counter example Legend is a book where the rule loses its effect Legend is certainly not the best written book ever but it is most definitely one of the best books ever written David Gemmell never finished school since he was expelled at the age of sixteen and the unrefined writing is apparent throughout the book He struggled to tell his story but He Had A Hell Of had a hell of story to tell What the book lacks in sophistication of wordsmithing it than makes up for with the raw power of the story Allow a thought experiment for the moment Strip away all the decoration in a typical book all the character actioninteraction that exists for flavor all the worldbuilding all the prose exposition and clever tropes What are we left with Usually very little Usually a basic plot that we re lucky to even partially connect with It might even be an intelligent story or an imaginative one But it s ultimately weak skeletal and insignificant in almost every way It might even be non existent Luckily our world has been ifted with a book like Legend where we can prove such a thought experiment wrong Strip away the decoration and frosting from Legend cut it down to its most basic elements and we are still left with a book worthy of the test of time In the Iliad Achilles was iven a choice by the Ratscalibur gods To live a shortlorious heroic life that will end violently but be remembered or to live a long healthy life and eventually suffer the fading effect of time upon his name We all know what choice Achilles made and Achilles is remembered as one of the The Million Dollar Goal (The Million Dollar Series, greatest heroes ever to come from the ranks of humanity In his own way Druss the main character in Legend faced the same choice Fade into old age and senility or face down your death with defiance at the cost of a shorter lifespan Yet Achilles is not the only hero who is remembered through the ages In fact thereatest hero of the Iliad is Hector Where Achilles is remembered for the lory of his life The legend is DrussThe stories of his life are told everywhere Instead of the wealth and fame he could have claimed he chose a mountain lair; high in the lonely country bordering on the clouds Ther.
David Gemmell ¿ 3 reviewEasons for why humanity finds so many reasons to engage in this awful violent and mostly permanent solution to problems which could be dealt with in many other peaceful ways Never violate a woman nor harm a child Do not lie cheat or steal These things are for lesser men Protect the weak against the evil strong And never allow thoughts of ain to lead you into the pursuit of evil Never back away from an enemy Either fight or surrender It is not enough to say I will not be evil Evil must be fought wherever it is found The Iron Code Beautiful words but how many could say they were able to follow them None of us are perfect and the best we can do is to try our best One of those who has always tried his best and had some success with it is the now aging Druss Captain of the Axe the one called The Legend He is a warrior of renown the legends told of him and the songs sang have lit the spark for A Shark Never Sleeps: Wheeling and Dealing with the NFL's Most Ruthless Agent glory in many of children and young people s lives Many have followed in his footsteps because of listening to his adventures and taken up the sword or axe in pale imitation of him Most of them have found death and no songs have been written in their honor but people tend to think of the heroes and their deeds as separate from the pain and ugliness by which they are defined Only a fool loves war said Calvar or a man who has never seen it The trouble is that the survivors forget about the horrors and remember only the battle lust They pass on that memory and other men hunger for it Druss is called upon to inspire the soldiers and fight another last impossible to win battle charged with holding the Dros Delnoch pass until the Nadir Horde are repelled or every last soldier is dead Our reluctant hero takes on the task seeking a date with his own Death We also have the funny charming and very cowardly Rek who would love to spend his life far away from any military conflict eating drinking and keeping female company He has a staggering fear of combat and sees this as his biggest failure However circumstances and a woman contrive to take him to the middle of the biggest battle of recent times and he has to make some hard choices By nature of definition only the coward is capable of the highest heroism A cynic by experience a romantic by inclination and now a hero by necessity The story is about the human condition when faced with the hardest times they could possibly face It is about what makes humans human and the fears we all live with despite of the way others perceive us I was very moved by some parts others made me think of why some of us whenone trough something rough chose to take the path of light or darkness are able to pick themselves up or wallow in depression for the rest of their lives It also made me think of how us the regular folks have to live with the conseuences of the whims and changing moods of our leaders who are not afraid to put our lives in danger while uick to condemn any possible slight against their ego But it has be thus since the beginning of times I uess nothing really changes even in our Fantasy And what is a man He is someone who rises when life has knocked him down He is someone who raises his fist to heaven when a storm has ruined his crop and then plants again And again A man remains unbroken by the savage twists of fateThat man may never win But when he sees himself reflected he can be proud of what he sees For low he may be in the present scheme of things peasant serf or dispossessed But he is unconuerable I will highly recommend this book and wish you enjoy the ride I wish you all Happy Reading and many Wonderful Books to come This was a masterclass in pulpy old school fantasy with all that entails both ood and bad The characters were fairly 1 dimensional the world building wasn t particularly uniue or inventive and the plot was fairly straight forward For most books these would be criticisms and yet for this one it s almost praise Gemmell seems entirely happy with this formula and he executes it very well The skillful execution of these reliable tropes combined with the addition of some other nice features made for a really enjoyable readThe first 23 of the book were pretty well paced characters and story elements were introduced and developed and the scene was set for the epic siege to come The Last 13 or so the duration of the siege was where the story became really compelling The pace picked up notably the battle scenes provided a level of intensity that hadn t been seen before and the philosophical elements were interesting and implemented in such a way that they didn t distract from the plot a la the bloated and repetitive philosophical monologues in the Malazan books with most of the philosophizing coming in the brief lulls between bloody violent clashes as the combatants try to make sense of the slaughter Druss makes for an enjoyable main character A revered old warrior who has come out of retirement for one last fight His struggles to live up his legend even as his body failed him made for poignant reading all the so as Gemmell apparently had the initial idea for this while dwelling on his own all the so as Gemmell apparently had the initial idea for this while dwelling on his own as he awaited the results of a cancer exam that reminded me somewhat of Clint Eastwood s The Book of Leviathan great role in Unforgiven Rek was also a likeable protagonist his struggles to control his berserker rages and his often comedic dialogue were all interesting features of his story There were a cast of pretty straightforward secondary characters who all nevertheless served their roles in the story well The standout for me was the cowardly lord of the fort When Druss arrived a expected him to be hilarious and dramatically removed from office with a possible pantsingwedgie too with it but instead Druss Nine Ghosts gave him a second chance and his struggle to regain respect both that of himself and of his men was pretty inspiringOverall this wasn t aroundbreaking or innovative read that made me look at the world differently but as action packed epic high fantasy it was a masterclass in the Las Maravillosas Obras de Dios: Historias B�blicas Para La Familia genre The Drenai Empireood شرح جامع مثنوى معنوى guys is threatened by barbarian horde from Nadir not soood The New Song: For the Sunday School, Societies of Christian Endeavor, and Other Religious Exercises (Classic Reprint) guys where a leader emerged who managed to unite almost all the tribes and wants to conuer his neighbors The neighbors are not prepared they have small army and not enough competent commanders The first fortress which happened to be in the way of barbarian contest is Dros Delnoch if I understood correctly this is the only fortress capable of delaying the conuest of the Empire If it falls the rest will shortly follow So on one hand we have hordes of barbarians with decent commanders on the other hand a very small army consisting mostly of new recruits whose task is to delay the conuerors until the reinforcements arrive hopefully The last hope of fortress defenders is Druss the Legend He is an old and I do mean old warrior who defied the odds his whole life and was never defeated think Cohen the Barbarian from Terry Pratchett So it is up to him to raise the moral and organize the defenders This is fairlyeneric fantasy with some very minor magic The only reason I ave this book 3 stars is Druss himself he is a very interesting character who really makes you
WISH HE KEPT DEFYING THE ODDS AGAINST IFhe kept defying the odds against him If discount Druss the book is 2 stars The romance between Rek and Virae other main characters is so badly written I saw better in porn movies Speaking of Rek he undergoes completely unexplainable transformation from a coward to the bravest man in the Empire almost overnight The epilog feels forced and not what I consider a ood or even logical ending I am not sure I want to read the next book in series Can somebody inspire me to do thi. By six outer walls it was the stronghold of the Drenai empire Now it is the last battleground for all else has fallen before the Nadir hordesAnd the only hope rests on the skills of that one old Ector is heroic for the manner of his death Knowing with absolute certainty that to face Achilles in a duel means death he accepts the challenge anyway Not to be suicidal but to die in the manner he tried to live What makes a man or woman Arabian Challenge great or heroic What does it mean to die aood death For that matter what does it mean to even live a life worth living Overcoming reat obstacles and succeeding is not compelling enough Fighting failing and dying knowing that your name will be remembered isn t even heroic enough The true hero is the one who fights against that which he knows he cannot possibly defeat Not for the remembrance of his name or the lory of his cause but for himself Humans often die for one another A mother takes a Der Verlorene Koffer: A Graded Reader for Beginning Students gang member s bullet to save her child a man on life support wants the plug pulled so his heart can be transplanted to save another or a soldier dives upon arenade to save his suad mates What makes one case heroic than the next What if nobody was around to recognize such sacrifice If the mother knows with certainty that jumping to take the bullet will still not save the child from death yet does it anyway is it still heroic or foolish If nobody is to witness that mother s sacrifice should it affect her decision to commit it If nobody pulls the man s life support plug for him but in a rare act of clarity he manages to pull it himself while he is alone in his hospital room does it detract from the ILLERAMMA Kathalu glory or worthiness of his death If the foxhole of soldiers becomes surrounded by an insurmountable enemy and if the soldier knows without a doubt that diving upon therenade will not save his friends from the battle Should he do it anyway No one will know he did such a thing No medal will be American Literature Student Text given nor monument raised to his name What makes a death aood death And what makes a life worth living The characters of Legend are the characters within us all Fear doubt and futility are all present but so too are the traits which make us Cheyenne: A Sweet Historical Romance greater than the sum of our parts Honor courage duty and yes even love are all necessary components for a heroic tale of such resonance David Gemmell wrote Legend as he was waiting to find out whether or not he wasoing to die from cancer and it is his attempt at dealing with mortality What does it mean to die well or live well What does it mean to be a man Is love even worth the effort if it is destined to last only a brief moment and end in pain Socrates said the unexamined life is not worth living but perhaps the unexamined death is not worth dying either All life leads to death but perhaps all death should be embraced with the joys of life Very few books have had an impact comparable to Legend and as I said for all it s technical flaws it is one of the finest novels ever written Gemmell s fears are my fears His hopes my hopes Legend was his first and reatest book and its very existence makes the world a fuller place and humanity wealthier RIP Mr Gemmell you ve earned it Originally reviewed at BookwraithsDavid Gemmell might not have invented action adventure fantasy but he refined it polished it up and presented his updated version Against the HordeLegend in 1984 to a reading audience who loved every minute of it Luckily I was one of those readers back in the 1980s this book instantly becoming one of my favorite fantasy stories for years to come But when I re read it a few weeks ago I have to admit being concerned it would not live up to my memories my fear that all the years since its release having muted the pulse pounding adrenaline rush and relegated another classic fantasy into a fallen favorite But thankfully my fears were unfounded Legend still as ood as everHere the Nadir hordes Think Mongols have been united under the charismatic intelligent and ruthless Ulric who determines it is time for his people to conuer their settled neighbors the Drenai Standing in the way of this unstoppable barbarian force is the undermanned mountain fortress of Dros Delnoch which should be impenetrable IF defended by an adeuate force And that is exactly what the Drenai are lacking as the fortress is undermanned unprepared and without adeuate commanders to inspire the troops to hold until a relief force can arriveEnter Druss the Legend he who is also known as the Captain of the Ax the Axman Deathwalker and the Silver Slayer This Fearsome Warrior This fearsome warrior be past his prime but he is determined to answer his kingdom s desperate call to hold Dros Delnoch until the Nadir are turned back or call to hold Dros Delnoch until the Nadir are turned back or warrior lies dead beneath their swords This hero determined to finally find a death worthy of his legendJoining Druss upon the battlements of Dros Delnoch are a diverse cast of characters Rek the Baresarker and his beloved Virae come there to fight Serbitar and the mythical order he is part of arrive to aid in the last stand of the Drenai people Ordinary men stand side by side with rich commanders
and wanted outlaws All these diverse individuals inspired by Druss himself to stand up for what they believe inwanted outlaws All these diverse individuals inspired by Druss himself to stand up for what they believe in themselves in order to keep what they cherish safe from harm and lay down their lives die before they betray that which they hold dearWhenever I describe this book to a friend who is thinking of reading it I say Legend is the fantasy euivalent of the Alamo where men sacrificed their lives for a cause And in David Gemmell s tale of sacrifice each of the warriors portrayed from Druss down to the lowest soldier upon the walls knows their mission is a suicidal one Their forces no match for the Nadir horde Reinforcements not able to reach them in time Death the only real outcome of their bravery But even knowing this these brave men and women refuse to lay down their arms and surrender to the inevitable They come together find peace within themselves lock strong arms with one another and stand as a human walls between the world they love and those who would seek to destroy itDamn I E.E. Cummings: The Art of His Poetry get teary just typing all that Honestly I do No matter his limitation as a writer because I know some readers find his writing simplistic in many ways Gemmell uses his stereotypical cast of characters to maximum effect their words and deeds inspirational moving and sorrowful Vile people finding redemption Cowards exhibiting courage Lawless individuals displaying extreme honor Each heroic death cutting like a stab wound to the heart The final stand of Druss as emotional charged and awe inspiring as any in literature Legend might not have beenroundbreaking or innovative when it was published much less now It doesn t try to subvert tropes It doesn t attempt to present an ultra realistic story It doesn t overwhelm with its exuisite prose What is does is tell an action packed fantasy tale of a desperate last stand of a civilization by individuals caught up in events The tale of these people s plight awe inspiring and emotionally charged In other words Legend is a masterpiece of heroic fantasy one which rightly deserves its fame even today 444 A buddy read with the Fantasy Buddy Reads Group because we love the EpicsAnd even though it barely reached 350 pages this Black Wings of Cthulhu gem is a true Epic It was written in the 80 s and has some of the marks of its time which coming from me is a complement of course being a product of theeneration which came to age at that time I find it interesting that the books I love most are always somehow connected with war The authors do a Girl on the Verge great job painting the fear loss and horror with their words and despite creating heroes who are shaped by the war experiences the books are never pro war That is not to say they are anti war either However they usually promote honor as well as uestion the E therizzled old warrior keeps company with snow leopards and awaits his old enemy deathThe fortress is Dros DelnochIt is the only route by which an enemy can pass through the mountains Protected. ,